Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

Easy and Delicious Chicken Noodle Soup. The secret is in the chicken thighs! @natashaskitchen

My sister Anna was so nice to bring us some chicken noodle soup after the baby was born. It was delicious and when I asked her about the recipe, she said the secret is in using chicken thighs.

It’s also super simple to make – no need to trim the chicken ahead of time since the fat comes off easily after it’s boiled. This soup is exactly what I imagine when I think of chicken noodle soup – super flavorful, loaded with chicken and tender noodles.

It’s comfort in a bowl my friends. It’s also kid friendly. My son and all his cousins love it! Thanks Anna for sharing this simple and delicious chicken soup recipe with us. It’s going on the regular rotation at our house.

Easy and Delicious Chicken Noodle Soup. The secret is in the chicken thighs! @natashaskitchen

Ingredients for Easy Chicken Noodle Soup:

3-4 chicken thighs, skins removed (bone-in or boneless), untrimmed
5 cups Chicken broth (we used low sodium)
10 cups water
Olive Oil to sauté veggies (do not use butter)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 medium carrots, (2 carrots grated, 1 carrot sliced into thin rings)
2 medium celery sticks, finely chopped (or thinly sliced if you prefer)
1/2 lb spiral pasta such as rotini
3 Tbsp fresh or frozen dill
1 tsp Mrs. Dash (or your favorite seasoning)
Salt to taste

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Cook’s Tip: Have all of your ingredients prepped before you fire up your stove (chop your onions, grate & slice your carrots, chop your celery).

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How to Make Chicken Noodle Soup:

1. In a large soup pot, combine 10 cups water with 5 cups chicken broth and 1 Tbsp salt. Bring to a boil then add chicken thighs and boil uncovered or partially covered 20 min (don’t completely cover or water will be murky). Skim off any impurities that rise to the top. While chicken is cooking, continue to step 2.

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2. In a large skillet saute onion in 2 Tbsp olive oil (not butter – it clumps in the soup when refrigerated) over medium heat until golden then increase heat to med/high and add grated carrots, chopped celery sticks and more oil as needed. Saute, stirring often until soft and golden brown then add to the soup pot.

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3. Add 1/2 lb pasta and sliced carrots to the soup pot and continue cooking for 15 min at a low boil or until pasta is at desired softness (I love super-soft, overcooked pasta in soups).

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4. While pasta is cooking, remove chicken thighs from the pot and use either forks or your hands to shred the chicken, discarding any bones and fat which should come off easily. Return shredded chicken to the pot.

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5. Season soup with 1 tsp Mrs. Dash (or your favorite seasoning) and more salt to taste if needed. Finally add 3 Tbsp dill and remove from heat. Enjoy!

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Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

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My sister Anna's secret to chicken noodle soup is in using chicken thighs. This soup is exactly what I imagine when I think of chicken noodle soup.
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Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost To Make: $9-$12
Serving: 8-10 bowls

Ingredients

  • 3-4 chicken thighs, skins removed (bone-in or boneless), untrimmed
  • 5 cups Chicken broth (we used low sodium)
  • 10 cups water
  • Olive Oil to sauté veggies (do not use butter)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, (2 carrots grated, 1 carrot sliced into thin rings)
  • 2 medium celery sticks, finely chopped (or thinly sliced if you prefer)
  • ½ lb spiral pasta such as rotini
  • 3 Tbsp fresh or frozen dill
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash (or your favorite seasoning)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, combine 10 cups water with 5 cups chicken broth and 1 Tbsp salt. Bring to a boil then add chicken thighs and boil uncovered or partially covered 20 min (don't completely cover or water will be murky). Skim off any impurities that rise to the top. While chicken is cooking, continue to step 2.
  2. Saute onion in 2 Tbsp olive oil (not butter - it clumps in the soup when refrigerated) over medium heat until golden then increase heat to med/high and add grated carrots, chopped celery sticks and more oil as needed. Saute, stirring often until soft and golden brown then add to the soup pot.
  3. Add ½ lb pasta and sliced carrots to the soup pot and continue cooking for 15 min at a low boil or until pasta is at desired softness (I love super-soft, overcooked pasta in soups).
  4. While pasta is cooking, remove chicken thighs from the pot and use either forks or your hands to shred the chicken, discarding any bones and fat which should come off easily. Return shredded chicken to the pot.
  5. Season soup with 1 tsp Mrs. Dash (or your favorite seasoning) and more salt to taste if needed. Finally add 3 Tbsp dill and remove from heat. Enjoy!

Notes

Cook's Tip:
Have all of your ingredients prepped before you fire up your stove (chop your onions, grate & slice your carrots, chop your celery).

 

Easy and Delicious Chicken Noodle Soup. The secret is in the chicken thighs! @natashaskitchen

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  • Victoria
    July 10, 2017

    Hi Natasha! I have a question! If I were using better than boullion, how much tablespoons would I put for 5 cups water? I made it and it was super flavorless at the end and had to add a bunch more salt and boullion. But I did make it to taste good, just for next time so I would know the proportion. That would be great, thank you:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 10, 2017

      Hi Victoria, it depends on the product you are using. Most of them will have proportions on the package. The “better than bouillon” paste that I used here requires 1 tsp per cup of water to make 1 cup of chicken broth. Reply

  • Lana
    June 13, 2017

    Hi can you post a good recipe for Росіл ( Ukrainian chicken soup) Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 13, 2017

      I’ll see what I can find out on that. I didn’t realize there was a specific “Ukrainian Chicken Soup.” If I come up with something great, I will be sure to share it! 🙂 Reply

  • Yolanda
    May 27, 2017

    This soup is so easy to make and tastes delicious!
    Made it for family night and everyone loved it!
    I know I can never go wrong with any of your recipes, my family loves them. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 27, 2017

      I’m so happy to hear that Yolanda! Thanks for the compliment and for following! 😀 Reply

  • Ari
    May 16, 2017

    I am enjoying a bowl of this flavorful soup as I write this review. I love it. It turned out really delicious. I added fresh garlic and zucchini. Thank you for posting this recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 17, 2017

      You’re welcome Ari! I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipe! Reply

  • Vanessa Ramirez
    April 12, 2017

    Thanks for this recipe! I love it and it’s so easy to make. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 12, 2017

      You’re welcome Vanessa! I’m happy to hear you love the recipe! 😀 Reply

  • Diana
    April 10, 2017

    I really liked this recipe. I added oregano and different spices to include a little bit of minced garlic. My family and I loved it. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2017

      I’m happy the entire family loves the recipe! Thanks for sharing your awesome review Diana! Reply

  • Melanie
    February 23, 2017

    The best chicken soup I’ve ever had! Super easy too! Thanks for sharing Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 23, 2017

      That’s so great to hear Melanie! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • February 13, 2017

    Best homemade chicken soup we ever had! Thank you for sharing 😊😊 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 13, 2017

      You’re welcome Carol Ann! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Reply

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